Capcom Resident Evil 4
- Wii controls are intuitive and fun, PS2 extras included.
- Lack of new content is disappointing, no noticeable upgrade to graphics.
It might be a few years old now, but Resident Evil 4 remains one of the best games ever created.
Price$ 79.95 (AUD)
As soon as I booted up the Wii Edition, I felt an overwhelming sense of deja vu: The graphics looked almost identical to the Gamecube version and the extra content was already available on the PS2. I thought the only thing different in the game was the motion sensing controls on the Wii Remote.
And you know what? I was right, and I thought that it would equate to a boring, been-there-done-that experience. Oh, how I would come to pay for my small-mindedness.
A Picnic With Malachai
See, the Wii Edition's control scheme is nothing new or revolutionary. The analogue stick on the nunchuck moves Leon while the remote aims weapons and executes attacks. In scenes where Leon must dismember a giant Las Plagas or shake off villager attacks, the remote must be shaken rapidly, while the timed games require the same precision button presses from before. Using the knife is as intuitive as slashing the remote horizontally through the air. Every movement is exactly what I thought it would be.
But the controls do so much more than that. It affects the pacing of the game and lends to the creepy ambiance that always works so well in Resident Evil games. When I found myself cornered in a small room with a chainsaw wielding maniac, my pulse increased, I found it difficult to aim my gun and I became overwhelmed with the urge to run and hide. This is the first game I've played on the Wii where the physical, hands-on nature of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck actually drew me in deeper to the reality of the game.
Same Disembodied Head, New Gooey Center
In fact, although I played and beat both previous versions of the game, the Wii's control scheme helped make this version feel like an entirely new experience. At first I felt let down by the lack of improvements in the graphics, but this is Resident Evil 4 we're talking about: once I got past the initial disappointment, the deep gameplay, the creepy atmosphere and the finely tuned action took a hold of me like a zombie hand reaching up from a freshly dug grave.
The fact that this is value priced is just the cherry on top. Had Capcom tried to charge the full price, it would have had a legion of upset fans banging at its doorstep, so the budget price tag was an ingeniously diabolical move all around. Yes, the lack of new content is disappointing and there is a rather steep learning curve to overcome before aiming with the Wii Remote becomes second-nature. But come on! Marrying an innovative control scheme to the best survival action game ever and presenting at a bargain price is something even the most brain-dead zombie can get behind. Isn't it?
Join the newsletter!
As modern printing and imaging solutions have become more versatile and sophisticated to keep up with the needs of users, hackers are working overtime to turn these innovations into vulnerabilities.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Nova 3e: P20 in a pinch
- 2 Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- 3 LG E8 OLED TV (2018) and SK10Y soundbar review: If you've been on the fence about OLED, now might be the time to jump it
- 4 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 5 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Magic: The Gathering Arena enters open beta on September 28
- The Assassin’s Creed Challenge comes to Sydney
- Playstation embraces the past with Playstation Classic
- ASUS Republic of Gamers announces PC Partnership with Activision for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- HP launches Omen by HP Challenger Series Tournament
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Panasonic FZ1000U OLED TV: Full, in-depth, review
- Oppo Find X: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies